Overview

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Advance your teaching. Deepen your practice.

This training consists of four 9-day modules, taken in any order, that delve deeper into the subtleties and advanced stages of teaching yoga. Each module includes 75 classroom hours.

Kripalu Advanced-Level Teacher Training

Kripalu Yoga is an inspired lineage rich in empowering practices. Our 300-hour yoga teacher training modules provide specialized tools for personal transformation and professional growth, including

  • Advanced asana taught with a wide range of accessible modifications for students at any level
  • Deeper study of yoga’s philosophical roots and how to integrate this knowledge into your life and teaching
  • Techniques to strengthen your pranayama practice and enhance your ability to teach breathwork to students of all levels
  • The opportunity to cultivate a deeper relationship to meditation and learn how to instruct from personal experience
  • Confidence-building skills in therapeutic yoga to serves diverse populations
  • Instruction in leading heart-centered vinyasa
  • Ways to infuse the wisdom of Ayurveda into your yoga classes.

Curriculum

Required Modules


Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

The practice of breathwork awakens the life force and opens the door to profound meditation. Deepen your knowledge of pranayama, gain mastery in teaching asana, and explore the philosophy that gave birth to these techniques in a training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies.

This module includes

  • Ayurvedic, yogic, and contemporary perspectives on prana and the physiology of subtle energy
  • Guided experiences that reveal how pranayama can be used to soothe and steady the mind
  • Practical anatomy and alignment principles for advanced asana
  • Contraindications and teaching tools to work safely with students
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and build confidence through one-on-one sessions and evaluated practice-teaches
  • A unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists.

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within

Yoga teaches us that the pursuit of inner stillness is actually enhanced by periods of physical activity. As you sink into meditation, asana becomes a tool to embody higher awareness. Meditation and Advanced Asana provides you with the support, practice, and guidance needed to bring all facets of your being into the single focus of samyama.

Using a unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists, you learn how to make the benefits of meditation and advanced asana accessible to your students.

This module includes

  • Immersion into the core meditation techniques of the Kripalu tradition
  • An integrated practice of postures, pranayama, and relaxation to enhance meditation
  • Simple yet effective tools to access to the meditative states of dharana and dhyana
  • Insight into the broad spectrum of meditation approaches and their benefits
  • Discussion on how yoga and meditation can affect the healing, growth, and transformation processes.

Elective Modules (choose two)


Instructing Yoga for Special Populations: Yoga for Every Body

Yoga has so much to offer for those with unique needs. Instructing Yoga for special populations trains you to offer posture modifications that create a safe environment for all types of students. It also helps you develop valuable skills for working one-on-one and for meeting individual students’ needs in a group setting.

This module includes

  • Advanced skills for working with private clients
  • Anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Ayurvedic lifestyle tools
  • Principles for teaching special populations, such as pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions.

Leading Vinyasa: Breathe, Feel, Flow

Using the koshas, meditation in motion, and pranayama, infuse your teaching with power, purpose, and heart as you explore vinyasa through the lens of Kripalu Yoga methodology.

During this module, you

  • Learn how to lead the three levels of Kripalu Vinyasa
  • Use asana as a gateway to meditation in motion
  • Learn hands-on assisting and energetic alignment principles
  • Explore modifications
  • Dive into yoga philosophy that allows you to flow on and off the mat.

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas

This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor). While here, you participate in daily sadhanas, carve silent time for self-study, and integrate your skills in insightful supervised practicums.

You also

  • Explore the relation between panchamayakosha and the eight limbs of yoga as they relate to Ayurveda
  • Learn key postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques for balancing psychophysical constitutions (doshas)
  • Experience the different movements of prana, including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana
  • Cultivate useful Ayurvedic tools to adjust yoga class sequencing and personalize private sessions that are based on the season, time of day, season of life, and basic doshic imbalances.

Textbooks and Materials


On the first day of training, students receive a complimentary Kripalu 300-hour yoga teacher manual. Students will also be reading and referencing the following texts during the training. The required texts are listed below.

All Courses

  • Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat, by Richard Faulds (Bantam Books)

Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within

  • Meditation for Dummies, by Stephan Bodian
  • Meditative Yoga Flow CD, by Larissa Hall Carlson
  • Energy Awareness Meditation CD, by Sudhir Jonathan Foust
  • Home Meditation Retreat, by Steven Leonard

Instructing Yoga for Special Populations: Yoga for Every Body

Highly Recommended:

Recommended:

Leading Vinyasa: Breathe, Feel, Flow

Required:

  • Yoga Spandakarika, by Daniel Odier
  • Nourishing the Teacher, by Danny Arguetty

Recommended:

  • Flowing with the Sun and Moon CD, by Coby Kozlowski
  • Yoga Sequencing, by Mark Stephens
  • The Subtle Body, by Cyndi Dale

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas (formerly Integrating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching)

Required:

  • Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization, by David Frawley
  • Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing, by Dr. Vasant Lad

Recommended:

  • Yoga and Ayurveda for Fall CD, by Scott Blossom
  • Yoga and Ayurveda for Spring CD, by Scott Blossom
  • Pitta-Pacifying Yoga CD, by Larissa Hall Carlson
  • Taming the Winds of Vata CD, by Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Textbooks and materials can be purchased through the Kripalu Shop.

Graduates of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training are in great demand for their in-depth knowledge, clear instruction, ability to teach to all levels, and ability to guide students to the experience of self-awareness that is the true essence of yoga. Kripalu Yoga teachers range in age from their 20s to their 80s and can be found teaching in community yoga studios; in urban and rural areas; in schools, prisons, and hospitals; and at workplaces from the United Nations to Cirque du Soleil. Because Kripalu supports individual inquiry and expression and helps teachers find the yoga that is unique to them, the places you find our teachers are as varied as the teachers themselves.

Dates and Costs

The total cost of the training is determined by the tuition plus your choice of accommodations. Please contact a Registration Advisor for detailed information about accommodations 866.200.5203. If your preference is private accommodations, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early as possible as they are limited in availability.

Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers
Yoganand Michael Carroll and Larissa Hall Carlson
Deepen your knowledge of pranayama, gain mastery in teaching asana, and explore the philosophy that gave birth to these techniques in a training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies. Tuition $1,049

Upcoming training dates: October 13–22, 2017; June 22–July 1, 2018; and November 9–18, 2018

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within
Sudhir Jonathan Foust and Michelle Dalbec
Using a unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists, you learn how to make the benefits of meditation and advanced asana accessible to your students. Tuition $1,049

Upcoming training dates: July 21–30, 2017; December 1–10, 2017; April 13–22, 2018; October 12–21, 2018

Please note For our 2018 offerings, the faculty will change to Yoganand Michael Carroll and Larissa Hall Carlson.

Instructing Yoga for Special Populations: Yoga for Every Body
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen
This module trains you to offer posture modifications that create a safe environment for students with special needs. It also helps you develop valuable skills for working one-on-one and for meeting individual students’ needs in a group setting. Tuition $1,049

Upcoming training dates: November 10–19, 2017; September 21–30, 2018

Leading Vinyasa: Breathe, Feel, Flow
Coby Kozlowski
Expand your teaching and increase your appeal to students who want more challenge in their practice, while learning to create innovative sequences and establish powerful philosophical themes that support your students both on and off the mat. Tuition $1,049

Upcoming training dates: August 11–20, 2017; March 16–25, 2018; and August 3–12, 2018

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas (formerly Integrating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching)
Larissa Hall Carlson, John Douillard, and Joseph Le Page
Explore the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda while learning key postures and useful tools to adjust yoga class sequencing and sessions according to dosha, season, time of day, and season of life. Tuition $1,049

Upcoming training dates: February 2–11, 2018

The modules begin at 7:00 pm on opening night and end at noon on the last day. Sessions run Friday though the following Sunday with no days off.

Daily Schedule

When you train with the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful retreat center setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge. We offer a variety of accommodation options to support your experience and budget needs, ranging from dormitories to private rooms.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Guest Aron S.

In my personal experience, yoga has helped me to become more compassionate toward myself, less frustrated and on edge.

Student Mike E.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training was the highlight of my life. The methodology at Kripalu truly makes you a teacher!

Faculty Toshiro M.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. What are the benefits of enrolling in a 300-hour training?
A 300-hour training is an opportunity to enhance your personal practice while expanding your teaching skills. As yoga soars in popularity, students and studios require more teachers with in-depth training and the ability to teach to wider varieties of students, including beginners, advanced practitioners, and people with unique limitations or special needs.

What distinguishes the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training?
The Kripalu School of Yoga offers a profound immersion learning experience. When you’re absorbed in yoga, from skill building and self-development to living in a community of like-minded peers, you have the opportunity to deeply embody what you are learning. You discover empowering ways to integrate the fundamentals of the Kripalu lineage with understanding gained from contemporary wisdom and scientific study. Kripalu Yoga is a living tradition and continually evolving practice.

What specific skills will I develop in each module?
Each module brings an advanced skill set into focus, in order to learn and integrate these skills into a complete Kripalu Yoga class. These include advanced asana and vinyasa, meditation, pranayama, and techniques for adapting yoga to special-needs populations. Teachers are given tools to help them create and develop effective yoga classes for every level.

Graduates are considered Kripalu ambassadors who can skillfully make Kripalu Yoga accessible in serving diverse students, communities, and settings.

How is the training structured?
Kripalu’s 300-hour training consists of four modules, which can be taken in any order, and are scheduled throughout the year. Each module consists of 75 hours of study.

Programs for each module typically start at 7:00 pm Friday evening and end by noon on the final Sunday. Required daily sadhana is from 6:30 to 8:00 am, with teaching sessions from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm as scheduled. Required evening sessions are held throughout the week.

Is there a time limit to start or complete all four modules?
You may begin taking the modules any time after you complete your Yoga Alliance–approved 200-hour certification. Most students complete the 300-hour training within two years; however, you can take as many modules as you wish per year. In order to be certified as a 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, once accepted as a student, you must complete three required modules and one elective module within five years.

I started my 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training prior to 2015. Since new modules are now being offered, what do I need to complete my certification?
300-hour students who enrolled prior to 2015 can attend any modules of choice (that have not already been taken) to complete required content hours. Please contact a KSYA advisor to review all available module options at ksya@kripalu.org.

Once I’m accepted into the 300-hour training, what is the criterion for certification?
Certification is based upon meeting requisites for attendance, class participation, and practice-teaching assessments.

Are there prerequisites, homework, and/or required reading for each module?
Some modules might include homework and reading assignments.

Is there credit for training completed outside of Kripalu?
Students may complete their 200-hour teacher certification at any Yoga Alliance-approved school. However, Kripalu doesn’t transfer credits or hours from any other 300-hour program.

Where can I find information about faculty?
Our faculty are highly trained, longtime practitioners with exceptional teaching and facilitation skills across a wide range of specializations. Find out more about our faculty.

How does Kripalu define advanced asanas?
Advanced asanas are any asanas that are outside of our standardized 200-hour curriculum. Most 200-hour teacher training programs teach approximately 25 asanas. Some advanced asanas require more skill and flexibility and should be practiced after one has developed their practice and understanding of basic postures. Modifications and developmental work are also included in teaching advanced asanas.

What is the Kripalu approach to vinyasa yoga?
Kripalu’s new elective, Leading Kripalu Vinyasa, is geared toward yoga students seeking more challenge and vigor in their practice. A rich combination of creative, innovative sequences; powerful philosophical themes; deep personal inquiry; and a framework exploring the koshas, meditation in motion, and pranayama are the hallmarks of Kripalu Vinyasa, which helps support your students both on and off the mat.

How is the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (KYTT) different from the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT)?
The 300-Hour KYTT provides a well-rounded training in advanced asana, pranayama, meditation, and offers electives on yoga for special populations, leading vinyasa, and Ayurveda.

The 300-Hour AYTT is also a 300-hour yoga teacher certification, but provides specific focus on incorporating Ayurveda into yoga practice.

Both the 300-hour KYTT and 300-hour AYTT require students to complete four modules at Kripalu.

Do you require continuing education to maintain one’s 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification?
We ask that Kripalu Yoga teachers complete 12 hours of yoga-related continuing education per year. This can be anything from taking an anatomy and physiology workshop to attending yoga classes taught by another yoga teacher in your community. We work on an honor system and ask that students keep a log of their hours, in case we should collect them in the future. Currently, we do not collect documentation of these hours.

How can I assess whether the 300-hour training is appropriate for my skill level?
Although our programs are rigorous and require the ability to participate in a nine-day intensive, Kripalu Yoga is renowned for its accessibility to all types of people.

If you still have questions, please contact us at ksya@kripalu.org or 800.848.8702.

Apply

Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, a maximum number of students per training, and limited housing availability, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible (two–four months prior to the program start). Trainings typically fill to capacity about one month in advance.

We rely on information provided in the application to make informed decisions about your capacity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the program. Please answer the questions honestly and completely. Providing inaccurate or incomplete information may result in a declined admissions decision or removal from the program without refund. The Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda do not discriminate in admissions, administration, or educational policies with regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, creed, or religion.

KSYA Application Process

  • Review information on program dates, costs, faculty, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about Kripalu on our website.
  • Complete the appropriate application for the program for which you are applying in its entirety, including the short-answer questions. Be sure to indicate your preferred program dates. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Kripalu reserves the right to require a phone interview or take other steps to supplement your application, if needed, in order to arrive at an informed admissions decision.
  • Include a passport-sized headshot. This will not be considered in the screening process; however, it will help us begin to cultivate a relationship with you prior to your arrival. You are welcome to submit a headshot upon acceptance into the program.
  • Submit the $25 application fee by credit card at the end of the online application process. You may also pay by check, which should be made payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. For international applicants, checks must be drawn on a domestic bank. If you prefer to make a payment by credit card over the phone, please call the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda at 800.848.8702.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via e-mail within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an e-mail address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • Maximum capacity for each program date ranges from 50–64 students. If you are accepted in the training and the course you are interested in is full, you may register for the waitlist, which will remain open until the program’s start, or you may register for any training date within one year of your acceptance.

Application Fee by Check
If you prefer to pay your application fee by check, make checks payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and indicate the program and date you applied for on the check.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: KSYA

Scholarship Application
Please note To submit this scholarship application, you must also submit a program application or have already been accepted into a program. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until the applicant is accepted into a program.